On the surface, the Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Seconds Vision is the most simple-looking timepiece the brand has ever designed. What those of us who are familiar with the brand first notice is how the case is totally round, and how it sits with a much thinner profile on the wrist compared to the brands other offerings over the years. What makes this really ironic is not that Greubel Forsey designed a dressier watch, but what the design means for a brand so invested in the notion of showing off its mechanical inventions and finishing excellence. People shell out for Greubel Forsey products because they are meticulously well-engineered, and offer movement finishing and decoration that pretty much no one else in the world can match. So why suddenly a simple watch?
To do this, Apple has been engaging with what it feels are the world's top fashion resources. Last November (2014), the Apple Watch Edition in 18k gold appeared on the wrist of Liu Wen on the Chinese version of Vogue Magazine. The Apple Watch Sport is seen on the wrist of Candice Swanepoel on the March cover of Self magazine.
To ensure 30m of water resistance and to protect the time display from accidental change, the pushers for the travel time feature a patent-pending locking pusher design that only requires a light quarter turn of the pusher cap to lock the pusher in place. In hand, this feature feels and works beautifully, and it's an elegant solution that is much more user friendly than a traditional screw-down pusher (especially given that the pushers are on the left side of the case).
The ceramic bezel looks great and offers cut markers. The entire point of the odd Omega Seamaster Ploprof case design is to have a pusher that, when depressed, allows for the rotating diver's bezel to turn – the Helium escape valve has been placed on the underside of this bezel lock pusher column. There is also that hardcore looking crown guard system that opens up as you unscrew the large crown. It's really part of the character of the watch, even if you don't need a dive watch built like a tank.
The 4N Sapphire Planet, while a fascinating and fitting entry to this closed circle of luxury timepieces, won't add too much to it in terms of sheer volume as it is limited to just 3 pieces, with custom colors and markings; priced at €280,000 or around 0,000 USD each. We look forward to seeing the first finished piece in just a few weeks from now at BaselWorld 2015. 4nparis.com
What likely will attract the most attention are the Project X Custom Rolex Daytona dials this lineup has. Project X has associated these, appropriately so, to cars that are rather at home on the race track. You have the DS4 in Bugatti Blue, the DS5 with a British Racing Green dial, and the DS6 with GTO Red. Frankly, it is the dials that set these apart – if you are on the hunt for a Rolex Daytona like this, you already know the ins and outs of the watch itself.
If you think about it, what Olio is attempting to do is extremely ambitious with so many "moving parts" and systems that need to work in order to create a fluid experience that consumers feel is useful (and ideally indispensable). The good news is that nothing Olio is working on is barred by available hardware technology and is more-or-less a set of (complex) software engineering challenges.
The Garmin Fenix 2 is Garmin's second version of what could be its most wearable sports watch. What I mean is that while some folks reading this blog would not be caught dead wearing a Timex Ironman watch (which, as a side note, happened to be President Bush’s watch while in office), I feel that the Garmin Fenix 2 would easily be the kind of watch that watch aficionados (such as us) would actually wear as a daily beater. The styling is reminiscent of some Casio ProTrek watches while having its own unique look. It is a big watch, coming in at 49 mm diameter, 19 mm high, and with lug-to-lug measurement just over 60 mm.
Speaking of entry-level, the lowest price watch in this group is also one of the most attractive, with its simple vintage military styling inspired by 1940s Bulova watches. I am talking about the Bulova Accutron II Military 96B229. The 42m wide (10.8mm thick) steel case looks to be thematically like an original Rolex Oyster watch from 1926 - only bigger with its cushion shape and coined-edge bezel. Water resistant to 100 meters, the Military is matched to a green fabric strap and is easily the most mainstream and fashionable of the bunch. The black and white dial has just a hint of red and looks to be really legible (even though it appears that the minute and hour hands are a bit too similar in size). I like that the date window has been integrated into 6 o'clock with a matching color disc!